Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Michael D. Bustamante

Court of Appeals Judge
Statewide

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Bustamante received positive ratings from all of the populations that were surveyed for this evaluation. Attorneys rate him positively for conducting himself in a manner free from impropriety and for demonstrating appropriate demeanor. The court staff and his fellow appellate judges rate him highly for his knowledge and application of the law, for working effectively and cooperatively with other court personnel, and for rendering opinions without regard to possible public criticism.

Experience & Education: Judge Michael Bustamante was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1994 and was first elected in November 1996. He has been on the Court of Appeals for 16 years. Prior to being a judge, he was in private practice for 20 years. Judge Bustamante has been active in community and professional legal organizations throughout his career. Judge Bustamante received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico.

PERCENTAGE THAT AGREE OR DISAGREE THAT THE JUDGE EXHIBITS POSITIVE QUALITIES IN EACH CATEGORY *

Attorneys (n=238, 45.2% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 91% 6% 3%
Fair and Impartial 76% 17% 6%
Knowledgeable of Law 76% 17% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 5% 5%
Timeliness of Rulings 77% 20% 3%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=43, 38.1% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 9% 5%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 98% 3% 0%
Respects Court Employees 85% 10% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 95% 0% 5%
Handles Ongoing Workload 95% 5% 0%
Appellate Judges (n=13, 88% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 99% 1% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 100% 0% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%

* On the tables above, the "Agree" columns are comprised of the strongly agree and agree responses. Similarly, the "Disagree" columns are comprised of the strongly disagree and disagree responses. The combined percentage of "Agree", "Disagree", and "Partly Agree/Partly Disagree" for each category may not equal 100% due to rounding error. "N/A" indicates that the category is "not applicable" because some populations were not asked certain questions.

 

PERCENTAGE THAT RECOMMEND THE JUDGE BE RETAINED OR NOT BE RETAINED IN OFFICE. ‡

‡ On the charts above, the "Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend retain and somewhat recommend retain responses. Similarly, the "Do Not Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend not retain and somewhat recommend not retain responses.

 

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